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Can I buy alcohol on Labor Day in Tennessee?


Category: beer, wine, wine in grocery stores


Can I buy beer, wine and spirits on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day?

Fall is upon us and we hear that burning question: Can I buy alcohol on holidays at Tennessee liquor and grocery stores? Yes and no.

Here are the facts. The law recently changed to allow liquor and grocery stores to sell beer, wine and spirits on many federal holidays, including:

New Year’s Day Memorial Day July 4 Labor Day

No more stocking up on Friday and Saturday before a big holiday weekend. You can buy your wine and spirits on both Sunday and Monday.

Alcohol still cannot be sold on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You are supposed to be at church or at home with family, not boozing it up.

To make things more confusing, grocery stores cannot sell wine on Sundays until next year, beginning January 6, 2019.

Holiday hours for wine at liquor and grocery stores are 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., except Sundays, when stores cannot open until 10 a.m. Keep in mind that hours for beer sales vary from city to city, with many selling beer starting at 6 a.m.

Surf’s up and Madonna’s smash summer song “Holiday” from 1983 comes to mind:

Everybody spread the word

We're gonna have a celebration

All across the world

In every nation

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